Usually baseball camps conducted Sulphur Springs Wildcats coach Jerrod Hammack covered all skills involved in the sport played on a diamond.
Not this year.
Since hitting is a big part of the game and the most popular with the young players, this year Hammack opted for two hitting camps.
The result was a turnout of 65 students, an increase from last year’s all-skills camp.
“No question the kids like it,” Hammack said. “They like hitting better than anything. I think hitting a baseball well is one of the most difficult things to do in sports. We’re just trying to make them better hitters.”
Hammack said the 65 students have been evenly split into the two camps which are held each morning at Eagle Stadium on the Sulphur Springs campus.
“We divided the kids for better coach/student ratio,” Hammack said. “It works out better this way.”
With students in the game ranging in age from 6-14 the instruction has to be geared to the particular skills of the person.
“We have a wide variety of talent, it’ s different,
mainly by age,” Hammack said. “All of them have some skills. They all have things to work on and improve. The older kids are more advanced. We work on it one person at a time and I believe they get better after attending this camp. They want to work at it.”
Hammack said he is not sure if he will hold an all-skills camp here again, preferring to concentrate on individual facets of the game.
“We may have a catching/pitching camp,” the coach said. “I think they’re a need for that. It has been mentioned. We’ll decide on that later and at what time.”
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